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March 2012

On the growing side of things it has been the best start in years. You come into the office, however, sit down at your desk, change hats to become the financial officer of your business and see the size of bills mounting up.

You start to shake your head and worry that there isn’t going to be much left for you at the end of this financial year. Is it worth all the hard work and worry for so little?

We’re always being optimistic and in order to survive two, three and four generations of vegetable growing it’s the only way to look ahead ...

Eat fresh and enjoy life!...

David Wallace - President, VGA-Victoria

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VGA Victoria : Moving Forward
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Helena Whitman to the part-time position of Executive Manager of VGA Vic, effective from 1 March 2012. Helena will assume responsibility for the IDO team, all the vegetable industry issues and representing VGA Vic at industry meetings. Helena has a great depth of experience with industry association management and food safety knowledge through positions in WA, SA and VIC ...

Grower Profile : Wayne Van Soest - Coolibah Herbs
Wayne Van Soest manages the Wemen operations of Coolibah Herbs. He has been involved in the vegetable industry all his life, being a fourth generation farmer with a market gardening background. His grandfather was one of the first vegetable growers to establish himself in Devon Meadows ...

Carbon and Nitrogen Management
A recent field day held at Harry Velisha’s farm in Werribee saw a number of growers attend a very successful demonstration of the outcomes of a project led by Dr Ian Porter to trial the use of inhibitors on lettuce and broccoli crops as a means of reducing climate change gasses, while still increasing profit ...

The EnviroVeg Program, which first began in Victoria in 2000 and is now a national program managed by AUSVEG, is still one of the most informative environmental programs that vegetable growers can use to make sure that their practices have the least impact on the environment ...

Manual Handling Workshops
Vegetable growers from the Werribee and Cranbourne areas attended workshops in February for a presentation of the final ten practical solutions that had been identified during the past 12 months under a project by the Victorian Farm Safety Centre at Ballarat University ...

Food & Wine Festival
VGA Vic and grower members were very prominent at Cranbourne Racecourse on Friday for the world’s longest lunch as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival celebrations. In excess of 150 people were present in the betting shed under very windy conditions enjoying a six-course menu with beverages ...

Lettuce harvester study tour to California and Italy
A lettuce harvester tour was organised and led by VGA IDO East, Slobodan Vujovic, and four lettuce growers participated ...

Mildura growers meeting
September saw a collaborative meeting organised by VGA & NSWFA Industry Development Officers and NSW & VIC DPI which involved vegetable growers from the Mildura and Dareton region, covering several topics important to the industry ...

Chemical User Training
The Ag-Vet chemical courses offered by Chisholm Institute of TAFE are designed to train industry people about their responsibilities with regard to chemical use and making primary industries more sustainable.

Consumers are concerned about the produce they purchase, whether this is food or fibre, and hence, should buy with confidence that people are trained and have the knowledge and skills to achieve this. ...

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